Golf: Funniest Golfers Ever on the PGA Tour

Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2012

Chi Chi Rodriguez is one of the funniest golfers ever.
Chi Chi Rodriguez is one of the funniest golfers ever.Michael Cohen/Getty Images

Golf is a demanding game.

When a pro golfer is going well, it seems like a round of 18 holes can go by in the blink of an eye.

However, when you are finding the bunker, hitting the ball into the rough and three-putting greens, golf can be torturous.

You need a good sense of humor to get through your round of golf. Even the most serious looking golfers have to crack a joke every now an then—it helps a golfer keep his sanity.


Chi Chi Rodriguez

Back in the 1960s and 70s, Chi Chi Rodriguez was considered one of the funniest golfers ever on the pro tour. Chi Chi was quick with a smile and the one-liner, but he was an even better physical comedian. Rodriguez was known for tilting his signature hat to a jaunty angle when he hit a solid shot to the green. That tilted hat meant that he knew he hit a fine shot and he was cool with that.

Then once his shot was on the green, Rodriguez liked to put on a show if he made his putt. If Rodriguez sunk a long putt, he would sheath his putter through a belt loop as if it were a sword. Then he would pull the putter out and dance around the green as if he were a fencer in the Olympics.

The routine always got Rodriguez plenty of attention and he always did it with a huge smile.


Lee Trevino

Lee Trevino was one of the top golfers from that same era. He was known as "Merry Mex" because the Mexican native had an effervescent and sharp sense of humor. He was a great story teller.

One of Trevino's funniest stories took place shortly after he joined the tour in 1965. He was mowing the lawn in front of his house in Dallas, and a woman driving an expensive car stopped in front of his house. She asked him if he spoke English.

"Yes, ma'am, I do. How can I help you?"

"How much do you charge for yard work?"

Trevino, scratched his head and smiled. "The lady in this house lets me sleep with her."

The woman turned around quickly, got in her car and sped off as fast as she could drive.


Paul Goydos

Veteran golfer Paul Goydos has not won very often on the tour, but he does have a good sense of humor.

That sense of humor is usually self-deprecating. When asked why he buttoned the top button on his shirt on a hot and humid day, he responded that he "had no shoulders" and that if he didn't his shirt would fall off.

When Goydos had the lead a the Players' Championship, he was interviewed by NBC's Bob Costas. Goydos was on his game.

Bob Costas: "Ever had a 54-hole lead before?"
Paul Goydos: "No, but I've only been on Tour for 16 years."



The Golf Boys

The Golf Boys include Ben Crane, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, and Hunter Mahan.

Crane is regularly known for his slow play. However, he also put together a music video with Watson, Fowler and Mahan that is quite hilarious.

Crane and his crew show that there's a lot more to golf than just hitting the ball down the middle and making your next putt.